Congress

Caution on Election Reform Urged

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2004

Contact:Amy Keller

Roll Call

Congressional sponsors of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 cautioned their colleagues that ongoing efforts to amend the law to deal with security issues could do more harm than good.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter last week, Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned against a rush to judgment on HAVA, urging lawmakers to let the new Election Assistance Commission examine issues related to the security of electronic voting systems.

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Democrats Take Kentucky Special Election

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Chris Cillizza

Roll Call

Former state Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) won a convincing victory tonight over state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R) in Kentucky's 6th district, handing House Democrats their first victory in a Republican held-seat in a special election since 1991.

Chandler had 55 percent to Kerr's 43 percent with 100 percent of precincts in the 16-county central Kentucky district reporting.

The seat opened up after then-Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R) won last November's gubernatorial race against Chandler.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE 2005 BUDGET

Democratic Budget Strong on Security, Invests in America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the fiscal year 2005 House Republican budget, and in support of the House Democratic budget, which would balance the budget in 8 years and invest in America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER: DEMOCRATIC UNITY ON BUDGET VOTE DRAWS CLEAR DISTINCTIONS

Democrats Vote for Responsible Democratic Budget, Against Irresponsible GOP Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Democratic Caucus united in voting against the Republican Budget Resolution for FY05 and for the Democrats’ budget alternative:
“House Democrats sent a crystal clear message to the American people today by strongly supporting our Democratic budget plan for Fiscal Year 2005 and unanimously opposing the irresponsible Republican budget.

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Oops, Republicans Almost Did It Again!!!

On Tie Vote, House Republicans Twist Arms to Defeat Democratic Effort to Pay for Tax Cuts and Balance Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

**Please note that 8 Republicans switched their vote on the Democratic motion to instruct Budget conferees after time expired - in order of switching: Reps. Renzi, Bachus, Ose, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Baker, Whitfield, Kirk.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans “defeated” a Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the budget on a tie vote, 209-209.

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Dems together on budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Democrats will attempt today to force Republicans to retreat from a key provision in their budget, hoping to repeat last year’s victory in which the GOP leaders released their rank-and-file members and allowed them to vote for the Democrats’ motion to instruct conferees.

This year’s motion will be on the “pay-go” language on tax cuts. The Democrats want the House to accede to the Senate’s language.

Hoyer, Blue Dogs Tackle Ballooning Bush Debt

Inflate Giant Red Balloon, Denounce GOP “Hot Air” on PAYGO Budget Mechanism

For Immediate Release:

March 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and the Blue Dog Coalition inflated a giant red balloon today as a symbol of the ballooning Bush Debt.  The Democrats also denounced the Republican leadership’s and Administration’s “hot air” on their ineffective “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) budget mechanism that only applies to spending and not to tax cuts. 

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Budget Battle Heads to Floor

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings & Ben Pershing

Roll Call

As House Republicans work to build support for the fiscal 2005 budget, Democrats head into this week’s vote confident that their own Members will unanimously oppose the GOP bill.

Hoyer 'Made to Order' as Minority Whip

Md. Democrat's Conservative Image, Newfound Pugnacity Help Party

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2004

Contact:Spencer Hsu

The Washington Post

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Shortly before he won a House seat in a special election Tuesday, Democrat A.B. "Ben" Chandler hosted a horse country fundraiser with a rare Washington guest, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

Democratic Congressional leaders seldom draw a warm embrace in Kentucky's bourbon-and-bluegrass belt, where Republicans rule and George W. Bush carried 57 percent of the vote in 2000. Maybe it was the friendly crowd of trial lawyers, or the $39,500 in checks that Hoyer delivered, that had Chandler beaming as he introduced the House's number two Democrat.

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Hoyer Statement on Iraq Resolution

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 557, applauding the valiant and heroic service of our armed forces in Iraq.  However, Rep. Hoyer opposed the partisan drafting of the resolution.  Republicans once again excluded Democrats, and the 130 million Americans they represent, from providing any input on this important resolution.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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